Energy Saving Light Bulbs Recalled After Fire Reports

A large recall of about 317,000 <"">Energy Saving Light Bulbs has been announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after fire reports were received in connection with the defective bulbs.

The defective Telstar Products light bulbs can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, Telstar Products has received two reports of fires. In one incident, the fire was contained to the light fixture. The other reported incident resulted in a residential fire.

The recalled bulbs were manufactured in China by Telstar Products, which is doing business as (d/b/a) Sprint International Inc., of Brooklyn, New York.

This recall involves energy-saving light bulbs sold under the Telstar and Electra brand names. The bulbs were sold in two styles: Spiral and the “3-Us” shape. “CE 110V,” “China,” and the wattage number are printed on the bulb.

• The Telstar bulbs were sold in 20 and 23 watts with model number LB-1020 and LB-1023 printed on the packaging.
• The Electra bulbs were sold in 18, 20, 23, 26, 28, 30, 34, 36, 38 and 40 watts with model numbers LB-18, LB-20, LB-23, LB-26, LB-28, LB-30, LB-1018, LB-1020, LB-1023, LB-1026, LB-1134, LB-1136, LB-1138, and LB-1140 printed on the packaging.

The recalled Telstar and Electra brand defective light bulbs were sold at discount stores throughout New York and New Jersey from August 2010 through March 2011 for between $1 and $1.50.

The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the light bulbs and return the defective bulbs to the store where purchased for a full refund. Telstar Products can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.828.1680 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at

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